Name of Object:

Four textile fragments with rows of pelicans and cattle


Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art


Late 13th or early 14th century

Type of object:

Iranian textile fragment

Museum Inventory Number:

T 820

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silk, gold lamella; lampas lancé




The reciprocal relations between China and Europe are reflected in mobile artefacts of the Late Middle Ages, such as textiles. During its greatest expansion, the Mongolian Empire stretched from China to Baghdad. This meant that a mixture of eastern and western pictorial traditions held sway in the Mongolian textile workshops, which makes localisation of textile artefacts difficult. On these dark-blue fragments we see influences from Chinese art in the flowers and animals.

Citation of this web page:

 "Four textile fragments with rows of pelicans and cattle" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus21;30;en&id=textiles

MWNF Working Number: AT1 30

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